Wednesday was Alien Day—see, it’s 4/26 because of LV-426 in the original Ridley Scott Alien movie—which, of course, made it the ideal day for the government to unveil its new immigration initiative. The Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE, get it?) website is a hotline to report “crimes committed by removable criminal aliens.”
Thankfully, Twitter knew how to help everything run smoothly. Alexnder McCoy (@alexandermccoy4) tweeted: “Wouldn’t it be a shame if millions of people called this hotline to report their encounters with aliens of the UFO-variety?” And, from @dubsteppenwolf: “The # for Trump’s hotline to report “criminal aliens” is 855-48-VOICE. Please do not call this number to describe plots of X-Files episodes.”
So that’s exactly what happened. People spammed the line with stories about space aliens. Which led to an amazing statement from ICE, describing the calls as a cheap publicity stunt “beyond the pale of legitimate public discourse” that is both “absurd” and “shameful.”
Everyone should be impressed that the trolls had the patience that they did. Some reported being on muzak-filled hold for nearly a half-hour to file their reports.